Garden Gifts For Quarantine: Self-Care Social Distance Garden Gifts

Person Making A Diy Fishbowl Succulent Planter
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Do you remember when you headed off to college? If you were lucky, you might have gotten occasional care packages from home filled with things your family thought you needed, anything from new socks to grandma’s chocolate chip cookies.

Now that we are all locked into a stay-at-home pandemic mode, it may be time to pack up gifts of your own to send to those you miss but haven’t been able to meet up with. Whether or not they are gardeners yet, soothing gardening gifts can help them develop love for making things grow.

COVID Self-Care Gifting

For many people, 2020 has been one of the loneliest years on record as we all were urged to hunker down. Families couldn’t socialize with families and grandparents were left alone, whether across town or across the country. Even now, months after the pandemic declaration, the virus remains unchecked and travel isn’t recommended. 

So how to reach out and tell someone that you are thinking of them and wishing them well, especially with the holidays approaching? Just like your parents did when you went to college, you can put together social distance garden gifts to send to those you love and miss seeing. Here’s some ideas on how to put together a quarantine self-care kit.

Garden Gifts for Quarantine

What types of soothing garden gifts should go into a quarantine self-care kit? Start with the main gift, something involving gardening. One great idea is a terrarium kit containing everything you need to put together a cool DIY terrarium.

Many include the container– anything from a bowl to a clear fishbowl to a glass pyramid box– and plants to go inside like tillandsia air plants and succulents. What a great way to help your friend add a little green to their space! It is perfect for COVID self-care gifting.

If the friend or family member you are gifting is already a gardener, there are lots of garden gifts for quarantine self-care packs. Many have turned to their garden as a refuge in these difficult times, and it makes it easy enough to find wonderful little garden luxuries to give them that would be a real treat.

Thoughtful garden gifts could include classy and durable garden gloves to protect your loved one’s hands from thorns, a gardening kit full of all the hand tools that make planting and weeding easier, or a gardening appliance that lets a person use their phone’s camera to identify plants they aren’t familiar with.

One last thought, an herb or succulent gift box containing an easy-care herb or succulent plant plus a fragrant candle. Some of these even include an inspirational little gift card to remind your friend not to give up.

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Teo Spengler

Teo Spengler has been gardening for 30 years. She is a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Her passion is trees, 250 of which she has planted on her land in France.